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Jigneshbharati
Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 2:54:18 PM
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Carewatch is a leading specialist home care service provider. We support, care and provide companionship to people within the comfort of their own homes and community.

https://www.carewatch.co.uk/home-care-agencies/leeds-home-care/leeds /

Is "specialist" a noun or adjective here and how do we know that?
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 3:18:00 PM

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Jigneshbharati wrote:
Carewatch is a leading specialist home care service provider. We support, care and provide companionship to people within the comfort of their own homes and community.
https://www.carewatch.co.uk/home-care-agencies/leeds-home-care/leeds /
Is "specialist" a noun or adjective here and how do we know that?


It is acting as an adjective - an 'attributive noun' (a noun which names an attribute of another noun).

This sentence has a few!

The main noun in the predicate is "provider". Normally, in phrases which contain two or more nouns in series, with no "and" or "also" or similar phrase, the main noun comes at the end.
You can usually work back from that noun,with each earlier noun modifying the following noun-phrase. This is why I put the hyphen between 'home' and 'care' - this shows that 'home-care' is a phrase within the bigger phrase.

Carewatch - proper noun, subject
is - verb
a leading specialist home-care service provider - noun-phrase, complement

provider - noun
service - attributive noun (adjectival) modifying 'provider'
home - attributive noun, modifying 'care'
home-care - attributive noun-phrase, modifying 'service'
specialist - attributive noun, modifying 'home-care service provider'
leading - participle acting as an adjective, modifying 'specialist home care service provider'
a - article for the noun-phrase 'leading specialist home care service provider'

Carewatch is a provider. - what kind of provider? - a service provider.
What kind of service? - a home-care service.
Are they a provider of other services? - No they are a specialist home care service provider.
How would you describe their importance? - they are a leading specialist home care service provider.

EDITED to add:
thar replied at the same time as I did. He says the same thing in a different way.
The only difference in our explanation is the way we read the small phrase "home care".


Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
thar
Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 3:18:58 PM

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Simplify.

You start at the end, so your subject verb complement is:

Carewatch is a provider.

What does it provide? Care home services.

What sector does it service? Care homes
what sort of homes? Homes that care for people.

Does it do other things as well?
Not, it specialises in providing care home services only. It is a specialist care home service provider.


What is its position in the industry?
It is a leading provider


You can only have one noun as the subject unless you have a list or a conjunction. What you call the other words in the noun phrase is up to you - there are various things to call them, but they are acting as adjectives.

But each adds meaning - the whole thing is the complement phrase.

But they add meaning in order, working back from the final noun.

Edit
Posted same time as Drago. It takes a while to extract each meaning. But the beauty is you can condense all that information into a single phrase, instead of a whole paragraph explaining what they do.
Efficient!
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 4:36:00 PM
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Thank you Drago and thar!
thar
Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 4:52:44 PM

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Ah, yes, my mistake, you were right Drago - 'home care' not 'care home'. I wasn't concentrating and didn't really read the parts carefully when I did the next bit.
But it follows the pattern of staring at the end, - so 'in the person's home' describes the 'care', not the way round I had it.
It is logical - it just works backwards from the end. Angel
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